Friday 20 November 2009

The perfect end to a good couple of weeks......

And the good time just keep coming.... Last night we gained yet more success, this time in Salisbury on a long running application for five cottages. The brief was to design the properties so that the end result would look as if they have been there forever.

The roller coaster that is the Planning Committee took their time in delivering the verdict, but deliver they did. The end result, as seen above, was a terrace of red brick and render with
knapped flint detailing. To the rear there are bi-fold doors from a wholly open plan ground floor, leading on to ample sized gardens.

Here at Dot. we were especially pleased to hear of the planning committees complimentary comments not only on the design, but also the way the application was presented.

Lastly, we would like to thank Ken Parke, of Ken Parke planning, who joined the application at a late stage steering us through an
awful lot of red tape to ensure a positive result for our client.

Thursday 19 November 2009

Whats that? Oh, just another approval!

Well this is turning out to be a good week for the dot boys! We have just received notification of another approval. Its been a long old process and there has been a lot of too-ing and fro-ing between ourselves and the council, but our scheme at 2 - 4 Adeline Road has finally been approved at local level . The scheme for 14 flats has been designed to mirror the proportions of the inherently Victorian surroundings, while the finishes will be of a contemporary nature. The scheme has been praised for the more modern approach and will go a long way to the ongoing Boscombe Redevelopment. The flats are a stones throw from the recently finished Pier approach development. Thanks to the clients, who were open to our preferred design route, a great project and very enjoyable.

To add to that, we have also had an approval for our very contemporary extension over at Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth. The scheme is a double storey extension to a family home, increasing the accommodation and giving the family a large open plan living area out to the garden. Time is of the essence on this bad boy so keep your eyes peeled for more blog posts as the build moves forward.

The timber clad finish gives a clear division between the old and new of the dwelling, the balcony offers the master bedroom views down the road to the sea and clifftops.

Other news includes, more illustration work for BBC Focus, more instructions on large and small schemes all over the country - we are just busy, busy, busy on the lead up to Christmas.

Hope you are all well, we will keep you informed as we get more news!

Ta ta

Wednesday 18 November 2009

Bournemouth defer social housing policy..... Maybe!

Although there has been no
official press release as of yet, rumours of the social housing policy being deferred until at least Spring are starting to filter out of the town hall. Whether this is a reaction to the staggering amount of applications Bournemouth Planning have received leading up to the deadline, or just that the amount of additional work would swamp the newly stream lined department, no one knows. But as it stands at the moment, the new policy of one for one and 40% is not going any where.

This now means that we all have an extra couple of months to get applications in, or we run the risk of being the guinea pigs on which the newly equated contributions scale will be based.

Please fell free to get in touch and we will endeavour to advise as to your next steps on any of your sites in Bournemouth. It may not be as bad as you think.

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